By Boaz Kahana

Based on a distinct study learn, this quantity examines the later existence improvement of Holocaust survivors from Israel and the U.S. via systematic interviews, the authors -- famous researchers and clinicians -- accumulated info concerning the lives of those survivors and the way they in comparison to friends who didn't percentage this event. The orientation of the ebook synthesizes numerous conceptual methods â€" gerontological and existence span improvement, rigidity study, and traumatology, and in addition displays the various disciplines of the authors, spanning psychology, social paintings, and sociology. the result's a multi-faceted view in their topic with an figuring out of the person, society, and the interplay of the 2, tempered by means of the authors; personal Holocaust reviews. Chapters conceal quite a number components together with rigidity and coping of those survivors, stories in their heath and psychological health and wellbeing, an exam in their social integration, in addition to a evaluation of the a number of predictors of mental health and edition to getting older. This ebook may be of curiosity to psychologists, social employees, sociologists, psychiatrists and all those that examine either trauma and aging.

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They came out with all kinds of new laws against the Jews; they were not allowed to own property, land, and stores and not allowed to communicate with the non-Jewish population, like friends . . ” “They took everything away from us, the business and the house. They gave us one room to live in and we were afraid of what tomorrow might bring. Only certain times we could 28 CHAPTER 2 go shopping. ” “It was abnormal and they took half the town to be massacred. ” “We were seven children, mother and grandfather without a provider.

Jewish Councils were given administrative power in these ghettos. The ghettos were to serve as general “holding places” for Jews where they could be organized and their property consolidated, before being systematically deported to concentration camps or extermination sites (Gill, 1988). Thus, the ghettos can be seen as the ominous predecessors of the concentration camps. The conditions in the ghetto were treacherous; poor hygiene in living conditions promoted the spread of disease. There was rarely enough food, and Jews were publicly demeaned and beaten without provocation.

Hitler attacked Poland and when the Nazis came into our city they took us out of our house, my whole family, and they took us in a place and put us on a line with other Jews, 60 or 70 people, and they had a machine gun and pointed it at all of us and told us to wait there. ” The above incident provides a glimpse of the way the Nazis wielded their power. They treated innocent people like criminals, using weapons (in this case machine guns) to underscore their authority. Jews were the Nazi scapegoats, as may be seen in various personal testimonies, the threats made to them by the Nazis were in no way idle; Jews were to subjugate themselves to al Nazi demands or else, be killed.

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